Track preview

Mar 242004
Authors: John Teten

The rising temperature and budding flowers can only mean one

thing – the outdoor track and field season is ready to begin.

Colorado State opens the outdoor season this weekend in two

separate meets. Seven athletes travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to

compete in the Stanford Invitational while the rest of the team

will host the Rob Upton Invite.

The team split is more than geographical and the motives for

each meet are drastically different.

Those traveling to Stanford have been training with the

intention of posting a national qualifying time in their respective


Austin Vigil, Josh Glaab and Dylan Olchin will try to run the

men’s 10,000-meter run in about 29 minutes.

“The school record of 29:03 has been sitting there for too

long,” head coach Del Hessel said.

Nicole Feest and Colleen Blair will look to qualify in the 5,000

and Katie Yemm and Loree Smith return after not competing during

the indoor season. Yemm will run the 1,500 and Smith will compete

in the hammer throw.

“It’s important for all these kids to get qualifying done

early,” Hessel said. “Then we can go back to a normal training


With most of the athletes having not competed since indoor

conference championships, nearly a month ago, the Rob Upton Invite

comes at an opportune time to evaluate their fitness level.

This weekend provides a chance to find out where everyone is

starting the season, Hessel said.

Some athletes will not compete in their specialty and others

will be attempting returns from injury.

“It’s what you do,” said Sarah MacKay, who is returning from a

stress fracture in her foot. “You jump into some races.”

After just two weeks of training MacKay will run the 1,500 this


“It’s scary. It’s just racing into shape,” she said. “It will

hurt like a race, but it’s not going to be as impressive as a


Others returning from injuries for the outdoor season include

Crystal Clark, Jacob Benson and Drew Morano.

The Rams join teams from the Universities of Colorado and

Northern Colorado as well as Air Force and Wyoming in the season

opening meet.

Events begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Jack Christiansen

Track with the hammer throw. Running events start at 11:45.


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